If 9/11 Hadn't Happened

Five years since 9/11, and we are still being told that the world has changed forever. But the terrorist attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 was a low-probability event that could just as easily not have happened.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 09/06/2006 12:00 am EDT

Five years since 9/11, and we are still being told that the world has changed forever. But the terrorist attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 was a low-probability event that could just as easily not have happened. The often careless and sometimes incompetent hijackers might have been caught before boarding those planes, and there were not 10 other plots of similar magnitude stacked up behind them. Would the world really be all that different now if there had been no 9/11?

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